I have been complaining about the recent lack of originality and creativity in contemporary media. There have been few, if any, non-formulaic choices in film, music and even art for several years.
A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a link with the message: "EPIC!!!"
I recommend that you watch it full screen.
"Iron" by Woodkid featuring Agyness Deyn:
My first reaction to "Iron" was an eloquent "WOW". The video is dramatic, theatrical and undeniably powerful. Innovative visual poetry of black and white photography turned into motion, accompanied by the sound of brass and drums.
Some may recognize the archetypal symbolism and attempt to interpret the artist's journey, but only the artist truly knows what the imagery means to him. Aside from the camera work, the lighting and art direction, I also noticed the juxtaposition of war and a Courbette under saddle. Iron is visually beautiful and is already being described as "epic pop". This type of music is not what I usually listen to, but the song is beginning to grow on me.
I had never heard of Woodkid, who turned out to be Yoann Lemoine. A film director, photographer and singer/songwriter. When I looked him up, I learned that many of us may be familiar with his commercial work as a music video director for popular artists. His short films have won awards and Woodkid "Iron" is his first solo project as a musician.
His site can be found at Yoann Lemoine.
Update June 2011: I was able to find an interview Lemoine gave about the Woodkid Project, apparently the symbolism of the keys will be revealed in upcoming videos. In the interview Lemoine describes his interest in the heroic journey and creating his own mythology, influenced by Tolkien, epic fantasy and video games.
For the full interview click here.